Community Hero Award 2015
Winner Stephen Shippey presented by Steven Hall, General Manager of Hilton Leeds City Hotel.
Stephen has been coach for Garforth Rangers Junior teams for the last 13 yrs. This started when his daughter went for a trial, and the team found out he was a qualified ref, and already had some coaching experience.
He started coaching the under- 10 girls team, and was soon coaching 5 teams in total, boys and girls. In 2010 he qualified to become their Club Welfare Officer, and now oversees some 90 volunteers who help in all aspects of the running of the Club.
There are now 250 juniors from 8-15 yrs on their books, and he still actively coaches, whilst mentoring others to gain coaching skills and qualifications.
His daughter and son have long left the junior ranks, but his enthusiasm and commitment is not diminished and Stephen is now approved and F.A. qualified to recruit through school visits.
His selection for this award also recognises all the thousands of other people who do similar volunteer roles in any sport all over Yorkshire.